PSG with fitness and form worries ahead of Man Utd tie

first_imgUnited have been revitalised on a run of nine wins and a draw in 10 games since Jose Mourinho was sacked and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointed as his replacement. They are likely to be a fearsome proposition in next Tuesday’s first leg.Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel’s men are a massive 10 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 with two games in hand on the teams below them as they prepare to welcome mid-table Bordeaux to the Parc des Princes, and are also through to the quarter-finals of the French Cup.However, they needed extra time to beat third-tier side Villefranche-sur-Saone 3-0 in the Cup on Wednesday, three days after seeing their unbeaten league record this season ended in a 2-1 defeat at Lyon.They were knocked out of the League Cup by struggling Guingamp in the quarter-finals last month, and since then Paris have lost Neymar to a metatarsal injury.The Brazilian is not expected back until early April, but the worries do not stop there.– Sweating over Verratti –Looking increasingly irritated of late, Tuchel admitted after the Cup tie in midweek that some of his squad had played too much football in recent weeks.Marco Verratti hasn’t played for three weeks, but PSG will need him at Old Trafford © AFP/File / KARIM JAAFARSaturday’s match will be their ninth of 2019, and Tuchel has too small a squad to rest certain key players.“We lack dependable, top quality players,” said the German, offering an explanation for his side’s struggles against lesser opposition.“We cannot make the mistake of expecting too much from players like (Eric Maxim) Choupo-Moting, who have not played much.”PSG may be one of the richest clubs in the world, spending the two biggest transfer fees in football history to attract Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in 2017, but the Qatar-owned side have not invested enough in other parts of their squad.The midfield is the greatest concern, even if Argentine international Leandro Paredes made his full debut against Villefranche after signing from Zenit Saint Petersburg for 47 million euros ($54 million).Adrien Rabiot is still frozen out over his refusal to sign a new contract, while Marco Verratti has not featured in three weeks due to an ankle injury.He returned to training earlier this week, but it remains to be seen if he will be fit to face Bordeaux. There are few other options.“Verratti was unable to finish training (on Tuesday). He has had problems, and we need to wait to see if he can play against Bordeaux,” said Tuchel on Wednesday night.“He has a different problem now, but I don’t know too much.”Beating Bordeaux is more about boosting morale than it is about staying ahead in the title race, with Lille focused on holding on to second place as they go to bottom club Guingamp.Impressive in beating PSG, third-placed Lyon are building towards their Champions League tie with Barcelona on February 19. They go to Nice on Sunday.At the other end of the table, struggling Monaco are chasing a second straight league win as they visit Montpellier.FixturesFridayDijon v Marseille (10:45pm)SaturdayParis Saint-Germain v Bordeaux (7pm), Amiens v Caen, Strasbourg v Angers (both 10pm)SundayMontpellier v Monaco, Nantes v Nimes, Toulouse v Reims (all 5pm), Guingamp v Lille, Rennes v Saint-Etienne (both 7pm), Nice v Lyon (11pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar’s injury means there is more of an onus on Kylian Mbappe, but are Paris Saint-Germain’s real problems elsewhere? © AFP/File / JEFF PACHOUDPARIS, France, Feb 8 – Paris Saint-Germain’s meeting with Bordeaux on Saturday is their last chance to do some fine-tuning before next week’s showdown with Manchester United, but the Ligue 1 leaders have some major issues to contend with before heading to Old Trafford.PSG were the strong favourites when the draw for the Champions League last 16 was made, yet much has changed in the eight weeks since.last_img read more

WIND FARM BOSSES AND COUNCIL IN LEGAL BATTLE OVER NEW TURBINE

first_imgDD Exclusive: Picture of the enforcement notice attached to the gate of the wind farm by council officials last nightExclusive: A Donegal Co Council Enforcement order has been served on the directors of Loughderryduff windfarm, Conal Shovlin, John Gillespie, Inge Buckley and Peter Mc Ardle.This was served yesterday and was attached to the entrance gate of the controversial windfarm between Ardara and Glenties.However we understand the directors are set the launch a legal challenge to the council’s move after being told they didn’t have seek planning permission. The enforcement order relates to the erection of a wind turbine without planning permission.The work on this development commenced on Monday but immediately ran into difficulties when the lorry containing part of the turbine tower slid into the verge on the narrow country road at The Tullies”.It is understood that another lorry containing another part of the turbine was involved in a road traffic accident in France en route to Donegal.The turbine is currently partially erected. The enforcement notice at the site orders the “said development to cease immediately” and “remove the unauthorised wind turbine in its entirety including all constituent parts from the subject site”.However North West Wind Ltd has told its investors in a memo that the work at the site is “repair work” and legal advice given to it was that planning permission was NOT required.Sources say the issue could now become embroiled in the courts.  WIND FARM BOSSES AND COUNCIL IN LEGAL BATTLE OVER NEW TURBINE was last modified: September 5th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:disputeDonegal County CouncilLoughderryduffwind farmlast_img read more

Daniel on the crest of a wave as cruise almost sold out

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell is ‘cruising’ his way into the record books once again.A specially commissioned holiday cruise featuring the singing sensation has almost sold out with more than 1,800 holiday-makers already booked.And with berths on the all-singing and all-dancing trip next February costing up to €3,000 each, the show is already being hailed as a huge success. Fans of the Donegal man will be hoping to get up close and personal to the star on the trip.Daniel will be joined by the likes of Nathan Carter, Michael English and Tony Kenny for the eight-day trip from February 22nd to 29th.Daniel is warning fans keen to get on the trip that there are just 70 cabins left on board the cruiser.He told fans on his Facebook page “Get booking if you haven’t already and I look forward to seeing you on board the ship.” The luxury trip for Daniel’s more wealthy fans, which is being organised by Gertrude Byrne Cruises, sees passengers wined and dined on the luxurious cruise ship the MS Oosterdam.The ship includes luxury spas, swimming pools and private dining areas.Fans of the singer will fly from Dublin to California before traveling to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.A promotion for the cruise claims “The hospitality is exceptional, you feel like relatives rather than customers. The mealtime banter is like being with friends rather than strangers.“It spoils you for any other cruise and the customer satisfaction validation speaks for itself. Record numbers of repeat passengers continue to sail on Gertrude Byrne’s cruises, why, because they know that they never disappoint. If this is your first cruise be prepared to have the best time of your life.” Daniel on the crest of a wave as cruise almost sold out was last modified: August 27th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Trade, not aid, say youth

first_imgDr Petrus de Kock of Brand South Africa, left, with Minister Alexander Stubb of Finland. Mandela foundation CEO Achmat Dangor urged Africa’syoung people to make the future their own.(Images: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Leo MakgamatheBrand South Africa+27 11 483 0122RELATED ARTICLES• Pupils get a lesson on dignity• Empowering young people in SA• All aboard the Youth Express• Rewarding youth excellenceJanine ErasmusSouthern Africa is hosting a business delegation led by the Finnish minister of European affairs and foreign trade, Alexander Stubb. The emphasis of the trip is to promote exports and boost Finnish businesses already operating in Southern Africa, while looking for new opportunities.Stubb and his delegation are currently in Windhoek, Namibia. In South Africa they visited Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town, where they met Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus and the ministers of transport and higher education, among others.The visit was put together by global organisation Finpro, which promotes and supports Finnish companies in international markets, including South Africa. The company’s local offices are in Johannesburg.Other members of the delegation include Jussi Pajunen, the mayor of Helsinki, and representatives from the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Nokia Siemens Networks, and the Tampere University of Applied Sciences, among others.In Cape Town, the delegation took part in Helsinki Meets Cape Town, an event with a focus on the Mother City as the world design capital 2014 – Helsinki had this honour in 2012. The event is expected to provide more opportunities for partnerships between the two countries through a series of workshops, discussions and social gatherings where experiences from 2012 were shared whilst building anticipation for 2014.Other participants in the Cape Town event included Finpro, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Aalto University, and Finnish and local companies.South Africa is one of Finland’s top trading partners outside the OECD countries, a 34-nation group known as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. In terms of imports and exports, the country is Finland’s biggest trade partner in Africa.Trade is also growing between Finland and Namibia, with the annual value of Finnish exports to Namibia standing at about US$3.2-million (R28-million) over the last few years.From alienation to cooperationIn Johannesburg Stubb visited the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, which is currently undergoing renovations that will see the premises, originally Mandela’s post-presidential office, turned into a public facility with a library, discussion venue, permanent exhibition and state-of-the-art archive for the hundreds of priceless items held there.At a gathering later the same day, Stubb and his delegation took part in a discussion with the theme Africa-European economic relations: from alienation to cooperation.The dialogue was facilitated by Brand South Africa, with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, as part of Brand South Africa’s Shape the Future initiative. A number of students, among them Mandela Rhodes scholars, were also present.“There has been another shift in world politics,” said Stubb, explaining that the first major shifts came after the Second World War and the end of the Cold War. “Now we have a multipolar world, with numerous blocs such as Brics, the G8, G20, Old Russia, Southeast Asia, and so we have to adapt our trade and foreign policies accordingly. I welcome this.”The makeup of the global economy is also changing, said Stubb – currently the US contributes 23%, China contributes 10% and Africa just 2%, but this will change. The world won’t always be dominated by the West.“South Africa is one of the EU’s strategic partners, and Africa is the place where the future lies,” he said. “We in the West need to understand this.”But Africa has historically been alienated from the West because of the policies of interaction driven by paternalism, exploitation and colonialism, whereas they should be driven by cooperation.“We need to link Africa and Europe with what I call a dignified foreign policy,” Stubb asserted. “One that does not have conditions attached or that is driven by the country’s own agenda.”It’s up to the youthThe topic of conversation then turned to Africa’s young people.“Within 10 years, 60% of Africans will be under the age of 35,” said Achmat Dangor, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. “These are the people in which we need to invest – they literally have the future in their hands.”He said that Africans themselves must create an enabling environment for proper investment from the West and the accountable use of funding, but this means that Africans need to change the way they view themselves, so that developed nations will follow suit.“It would be wrong for us to turn away development aid,” said Dangor. “We don’t have 60 years to build up a strong regional bloc, like the EU had.”It’s up to young people to take the lead, he said.Stubb agreed, saying that he personally believed that leaders should not hang on to their posts for decades, but should relinquish them within a reasonable time so that the government does not grow stale and that young ideas are always available.Invest in us, say young peopleYoung Africans at the event then took the floor, identifying several issues that, they felt, were holding the continent back.Among these were the perceived lack of capacity for efficient project and financial management in governments; the fact that foreign aid has, in some cases, had a negative effect because it has not been managed properly or has been used as a political tool; and the continuing conflicts in many countries, which hamper young people and prevent them from becoming empowered.The issue of corruption was also raised, with some saying that all the education in the world won’t help if leaders are taking backhanders from overseas.“What can the EU do for African youth in these matters?” they asked.Impressed that Africa’s young people were so insightful and aware of the challenges facing them, Stubb promised to take their concerns to heart once he was back home. In the meantime he named certain lessons that his own country had learned, sometimes the hard way, which he felt could work in the African context too.“When we went into recession in the 1990s, we had to rethink our policies,” he said. “We poured money into education and research and development, especially in ICT – this has led to the dominance of companies such as Nokia, although that is not so much the case today. So we have to reinvent again. We are now interested in clean technology and sustainable development.”Investment in humanities and human capacity was a solution put forward by many – “invest in our education, in science, in the exchange of ideas,” said one attendee.This is the challenge of the next generation, said Dangor – to create an environment where allies such as Finland will feel comfortable to have dealings.Although there wasn’t enough time to properly unpack all the issues and put forward suggestions to tackle them, the evening’s facilitator, Petrus de Kock of Brand South Africa, promised that there would be follow-up dialogues.last_img read more

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first_imgAlaska’s Vic Manuel (left) and Calvin Abueva try to keep possession for the Aces as NLEX’s JR Quiñahan joins the fray during their match Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. —AUGUST DELA CRUZFatigued but holding on long enough, NLEX wrapped up a challenging eight-day stretch by winning all its three games and shoring up its playoff position in the PBA Philippine Cup.And the Road Warriors got their composure tested—and passed with flying colors—along the way.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH GINEBRA 93—Tenorio 27, J. Aguilar 25, Slaughter 20, Thompson 9, Ferrer 6, Cruz 6, Taha 0, Mercado 0, Caperal 0, Caguioa 0, R. Aguilar 0.TNT KATROPA 78—Castro 17, Williams 17, Pogoy 16, Tautuaa 10, Garcia 8, Reyes 2, Torres 2, Semerad 2, Tamsi 2, Paredes 2, Golla 0, Carey 0.22-18, 44-42, 63-62, 93-78 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Blatche resumes Gilas training Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises It was the third straight win for the Road Warriors, who will close out their elimination round schedule with matches against formidable squads Blackwater and TNT KaTropa.“We will just try to get into a spot to make the next round and not play a team with a twice-to-beat advantage,” Guiao said. “That’s the remaining goal for us—try to get to at least sixth place.”Tournament format calls for the top two teams after the eliminations to clash with the seventh- and eighth-seeded squads in the quarterfinals and needing just one win to make the Final Four.FIRST GAMENLEX 96—Alas 15, Fonacier 15, Soyud 15, Quiñahan 12, Ravena 12, Miranda 8, Tiongson 8, Mallari 4, Baguio 3, Al-Hussaini 2, Gotladera 2, Taulava 0.ALASKA 89—Casio 12, Manuel 12, Teng 12, Abueva 10, Cruz 10, Enciso 10, Exciminiano 7, Banchero 4, Racal 4, Thoss 4, Potts 3, J. Pascual 1, Baclao 0.Quarters: 29-18, 52-32, 79-54, 96-89SECOND GAMEADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next “This win is good for us in terms of learning a lot of lessons,” coach Yeng Guiao said with a sigh of relief after his Road Warriors nearly blew a 30-point fourth quarter lead before carving out a 96-89 victory over Alaska that snapped the Aces’ six-game winning streak at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“Even the two games before this was really hard and they (games) helped us in terms of keeping our composure in the endgame,” added Guiao after NLEX rose to 5-4 and put itself firmly in the middle of the pack.“We were actually very tired with this being our third game in eight days.”Barangay Ginebra got 27 points and 11 assists from LA Tenorio and a combined 45 from its twin towers as the Gin Kings handled TNT KaTropa with ease in the nightcap, 93-78, to also rise to 5-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJapeth Aguilar had 25 points and the 7-foot Greg Slaughter 20 and 14 rebounds for the Kings, who dealt the Texters a fifth setback also in nine games.Kevin Alas made key free throws in the waning seconds to save the Road Warriors, who yielded a 32-4 run that had the Aces coming to within two after trailing 87-57 early in the payoff frame. View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

Pakistan blow Zimbabwe away to take unbeatable ODI series lead

first_imgPakistan hammered Zimbabwe by nine wickets to take a 3-0 lead in the five-match series in the third ODI on Wednesday in Bulawayo.Captain Hamilton Masakadza won his third successive toss, but Zimbabwe’s batsmen continued to struggle against Pakistan seamers as they were bowled out for their seventh lowest total in their history.Faheem Ashraf starred with the ball as his fast and furious spell rocked the Zimbabwe batsmen and they were bowled out for just 67. Ashraf finished with match figures of 5/22 while Junaid Khan marked his ODI return with 2/7 as Zimbabwe were bowled out in just 25.1 overs.In their reply, Pakistan lost Imam-ul-Haq on the very first ball of their innings when Blessing Mazurabani had Imam caught behind off the with a superb bouncer before Fakhar Zaman smashed the tall fast bowler for four boundaries in one over.Zaman, who was dropped on 2 at first slip, then made an unbeaten 43 off 24 balls and took Pakistan to 69/1 in just 9.5 overs.”A great performance,” Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said.”Ashraf and Junaid bowl well…Ashraf getting better day by day, he is an allrounder and we need him. We will try to give opportunities to the other players in the next two games.”For his match-winning spell that was his first international five-wicket haul, @iFaheemAshraf is the #ZIMvPAK 3rd ODI Player of the Match! pic.twitter.com/JdNnP53eKQICC (@ICC) July 18, 2018Leg-spinner Yasir Shah, playing his first ODI in almost two years after recovering from hip surgery, bowled seven steady overs for just 10 runs and had No. 8 batsman Tendai Chisoro bowled round his legs.advertisementDebutant opener Prince Masvaure, one of the four changes Zimbabwe made after losing the first two games by 201 runs and nine wickets respectively, was caught behind off fast bowler Usman Khan’s second delivery.Junaid had the Zimbabwe captain caught at mid-off before Tarisai Musakanda was dismissed for zero while going for a needless pull shot off the left-armer.Ashraf then hurried the middle-order collapse by claiming four wickets in four overs and wrapped up the innings by clean bowling last man Richard Ngarava.”It was a bit of a disaster,” Masakadza said.”We just tell the guys to stay positive and try to rectify the wrongs done today. It’s not easy to come back, though…hopefully, we come out firing next game.”Pakistan win the third #ZIMvPAK ODI by 9 wickets and they are up in the series by 3-0.Scorecard https://t.co/Y3tgEB0X3l pic.twitter.com/qPzg08yUxJPCB Official (@TheRealPCB) July 18, 2018Mazurabani provided Zimbabwe something to smile about when he had Imam dismissed off the very first ball and could have removed Zaman but Masakadza dropped a sharp left-handed catch at first slip.Zaman then wrapped up the series by smashing four boundaries off Mazurabani’s one over and then hit a winning four from Ngarava.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more